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Discover ancient cultures of the Orkney islands

Wild Isles: Rugged Coasts of Scotland and Ireland

Dublin - Bergen - Example 6 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Resolution
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Board the National Geographic Resolution on this 15-day cruise exploring the wild islands of Scotland and Ireland. The archipelagos of Scotland tell an intriguing story of ancient kings, early Christians, and prehistoric peoples making a life on Europe’s farthest frontiers. Beginning in lively Dublin, venture north to the islands of the Inner Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland, discovering evocative ruins and historic sites set among spectacular landscapes. Delve deep into the significance of important sites from Iona to Skara Brae. Along the way, spot wildlife at sea such as whales, guillemots, razorbills, and puffins.
Cross the River Liffey while exploring DublinDiscover the restored Iona Abbey, ScotlandIsle of Iona, ScotlandRing Of Brodgar, OrkneyColorful sunset over the Scottish HighlandsPastel homes on Isle of SkyeColorful port of BergenDiscover ancient cultures of the Orkney islands
Highlights
  • Get up close to spectacular wildlife, including whales and seabirds
  • Hike to the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye
  • Experience the windswept beauty of the Shetland Islands
  • Visit the 4,000-year-old seaside ruins of Jarlshof
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Dublin, Ireland | Embark

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
More living museum than city, traces of Dublin’s past are on display at every turn. Discover the city’s medieval castles and cathedrals, one of the oldest universities in Europe, Trinity College, and perhaps enjoy a sip of Ireland’s famous brew, Guinness. Tour the city and have a traditional Irish meal before embarking National Geographic Resolution in the late afternoon. Settle into life on board as we set sail for Iona.

Day 2: Iona, Scotland/Staffa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through the Sea of the Hebrides to the isle of Iona, the site of Scotland’s first Christian settlement. Venture into an ancient nunnery and a 13th-century abbey and explore St. Oran’s Chapel with its royal burial grounds, where Celtic high crosses mark the graves of generations of Scottish kings. In the afternoon, continue to Staffa, famed for its geometric basalt columns and deep-sea caves. Conditions permitting, zodiac into the awe-inspiring Fingal’s Cave, where Felix Mendelssohn was inspired to write his "Hebrides Overture." Atop the island, look for Atlantic puffins coming to and from their burrows as they search for fish in the surrounding waters.

Day 3: Isle of Skye, Scotland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its jagged Cuillin Mountains habitually shrouded in mist, the Isle of Skye takes its name from the old Norse sky-a , translated to ‘cloud island.’ From its captivating history and dramatic mountain ranges, we’ll explore this fascinating island from high to low. Step back in time and discover an old Highland village and gain some insight into island life as it would have been a century ago. Visit Talisker Distillery and taste the island’s famed whisky. Stretch your legs on a hike to the Quiraing and photograph the stoic Old Man of Storr on one of Skye’s most iconic hikes. As we set sail for Orkney, be on the look out for white tailed sea eagles, minke whales and dolphins along the coast.

Day 4: Orkney Islands, Scotland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Vikings held a strategic foothold in the Orkney Islands for hundreds of years, and their Norse heritage is apparent in local legends and traditions that endure today. Explore a treasure trove of Stone Age sites, including the megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old stone-slab village of Skara Brae. Step inside the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, which took nearly 300 years to complete.

Day 5: Shetland Islands, Scotland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Far from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, the Shetland Islands exude a languid remoteness that begs to be discovered. Explore Lerwick, a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle, and see the countryside dotted with Shetland ponies. Then examine Bronze Age ruins at the extraordinary prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof, a UNESCO candidate which is part of "The Crucible of Iron Age Shetland." Later, take in a cacophony of puffins, guillemots, and razorbills as we walk to the lighthouse at Sumburgh Head.

Day 6: Bergen, Norway | Disembark

A once bustling seaport town nestled amongst the fjords of southwestern Norway, Bergen has been revitalized as an amazing look back into the medieval times and the Hanseatic League that once dominated this harbor town. The colorful wooden clapboard commercial buildings that line the old wharf are just one of many picturesque backdrops to this historic city. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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What's Included

Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
  • Your bar tab and WiFi** are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Islander or National Geographic Endeavour II voyages. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not included on Lord of the Glens)
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destination
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
*Alcoholic beverages are included on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, Sea Cloud, and Lord of the Glens; certain super-premium brands are not included.
** Travel aboard any National Geographic Islander or National Geographic Endeavour II voyage and we will cover your bar tab; certain premium brands not included. Free WiFi, up to one hour a day per person aboard any National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II departure.
Unused services or items included in our programs are non-refundable.

What's Not Included:
Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages (except aboard Sea Cloud, Lord of the Glens, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II); certain super-premium brands not included
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities (except aboard Sea Cloud, National Geographic Orion,  National Geographic Endurance & National Geographic Explorer)
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

 

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